Lower Merion High School’s Black Student Union (BSU) recently hosted a special Black History Month program entitled Shades of Black as students, staff, family and friends gathered in the auditorium and Aces’ Atrium to participate in this celebratory, entertaining and educational event!
One component of the evening was performative as several groups and entertainers took the auditorium’s stage throughout the night. There were performances by Lower Merion’s Dance Team, Abington High School’s Step Team and the Zion Baptist Church of Ardmore Choir, as well as the Mlanjeni Magical Theater, a touring theater company specializing in children’s entertainment, whose shows feature magic, puppets and storytelling in the east African tradition.
Just outside the auditorium in the Aces’ Atrium were a collection of activities, displays and tables for guests to peruse and enjoy during the event. The walls were adorned with colorful and captivating Black History Month posters - a collaborative project spearheaded by the BSU and Student Council - to recognize the contributions of iconic African-Americans and the central role they played in shaping our nation’s history.
Student representatives from Harriton High School’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) were on hand to exhibit and discuss some of the awesome science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects they have completed this year and to highlight their work supporting the overall mission of the organization, which is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.”
There were also game and face-painting stations as well as a spread of delicious food for guests to enjoy. All in all, it was an outstanding event! Click below to see a slideshow of images from the evening!